Getting Criminals Out of Schools

By Larry Sand
A new bill would keep pedophiles and violent criminals out of our schools; teachers unions balk. California law firm decides to try an end run. A couple of weeks ago in Washington, D.C., the House of Representatives passed a bill by a simple voice vote, which stipulated that public schools would be barred from employing...

TAGS: AFT, Alex Padilla, American Federation of Teachers, LA School Report, Larry Sand, National Education Association, NEA, Randi Weingarten, SB 1530, teachers union

Lemon Raid

By Larry Sand
Los Angeles school chief puts children’s needs over those of 600 sadists, pedophiles and assorted creeps. The teachers union is outraged. In any other field, getting rid of misbehaving or poorly performing employees is a natural and ongoing occurrence. Business leaders who don’t set standards and hold workers accountable will see their clientele shrink. But...

TAGS: Alex Padilla, John Deasy, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, SB 1530, teachers union, UTLA

Taking Care of Our Children

By Larry Sand
To have safer schools, where the interests and protection of children aren’t afterthoughts, we must demand more from the administrative-union-legislative unholy trinity. In light of a second school shooting last week – this one in Taft, California – we have all the usual suspects pointing to their pet causes which they claim will prevent the...

TAGS: Alex Padilla, California Teachers Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Larry Sand, Sandy Hook, SB 1530, teachers union

The Not So Merry Month of May

By Larry Sand
In California schools, the fifth month (formerly known as May) is now Labor History Month. As Kevin Dayton pointed out in Union Watch last week, the entire month of May is now officially deemed Labor History Month in California. Courtesy of AB 2269, the state education code has been amended to read, The month of...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Dennis Van Roekel, Labor History Month, Larry Sand, National Right to Work Foundation, Prop. 30, Prop. 38, Randi Weingarten, SB 1530, seniority, teachers unions, tenure

Damning the Children

By Larry Sand
Protecting image and turf in the face of evil is unconscionable. As if the Jerry Sandusky fourteen year long child abuse tragedy hasn’t been painful enough, former FBI director Louis Freeh released a report last week that condemned Penn State’s legendary football coach Joe Paterno as well as other school leaders for conducting a massive...

TAGS: Alex Padilla, California Teachers Association, Mark Berndt, RiShawn Biddle, SB 1530

National Education Association Admits Things Will Never Be the Same

By Larry Sand
The nation’s biggest union finds itself in a big hole and keeps digging. In his excellent book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and Americas Public Schools, published a little more than a year ago, Terry Moe posited that the teachers unions would meet their end via two routes – Democrats joining Republicans, thus making education reform...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Citizens United, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Dennis Van Roekel, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, SB 1530, teachers union, Terry Moe, vouchers